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Western & Southern Financial Group – History


Western & Southern Financial’s (Western & Southern) heritage goes back to 1888 when Western and Southern Life Insurance was founded.

The company’s subsidiary Columbus Life Insurance was founded as Columbus Mutual in 1906.

Fort Washington Investment Advisors (FWIA) was created in 1990 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Western and Southern Life Insurance.

Western & Southern Financial and The Lafayette Life merged in 2005. During the year, the company relocated the headquarters of its subsidiary, Integrity Life Insurance Company from Louisville, Kentucky to Cincinnati.

In the year, the company appointed Michael R. Moser as Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer and D. Todd Henderson as Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, and Linda M. Lake as Director of Human Resources and Associate Relations.

Fort Washington Capital Partners, a subsidiary of the group, opened its office in Salt Lake City in July 2006.

In the following month, Mary T. Noll was appointed as Vice President of Operations for Fort Washington Savings Company, a member company of W&Western & Southern operating as a state-chartered thrift for policyholders of The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company. In November 2006, Mark E. Caner was appointed as President of W&S Financial Group Distributors, an operating unit of IFS Financial Services, (IFS).

JPMorgan acquired the fund services business of one of its affiliates – Integrated Investment Services (IIS), from Western & Southern Financial Group in February 2007. In the same month, Eagle Realty Group, the real estate investment and property management subsidiary of Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern), named Ashley Strehler as Director of real estate services. In June 2007, Mary T. Kynkor was appointed as Assistant Vice President of human resources of the company. Western & Southern launched a new corporate identity in June 2007.